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  • Catastrophe games: How Spelunky and XCOM helped prepare me for an incurable illness

  • zoolophage 26/11/2014

    Excellent article. Ironic how adversity often brings out the best in us and allows us to live a freer life. Life, it's a wonderful thing and you just have to make the most of it. Reply +4
  • This War of Mine review

  • zoolophage 25/11/2014

    It's a great game, although it's horribly bleak. It is not a game to be 'enjoyed' as such and while I 'like' it I actually don't really want to play it more as it's so grim. Your first play through will be the best and it's not a highly replayable game despite its variability. There are really two approaches - you can role play it and try to act as you really might do in real life, or you can game it and steal and kill without thought. Chances are, despite your approach, you won't feel great about the consequences. Reply +5
  • Make every bullet count

  • zoolophage 19/11/2014

    While I've only just began to play it, TWOM is easily my game of the year. The decisions that you face are horrendous. You just want to survive, to do no harm, but it isn't that easy. Truly a game that shows the hopelessness of war. The worst thing about it is that there's always a glimmer of hope, always a chance, however slim. So you keep going, keep slowly sinking into moral decay. Reply +6
  • Video: Mario Kart 8 live stream

  • zoolophage 28/05/2014

    Amazing. So exciting! Reply 0
  • Nintendo swings the DLC season pass club with Mario Golf: World Tour

  • zoolophage 22/04/2014

    @vert1go

    For short puts and shots you need to let the meter rise and then fall. Works basically the same as toadstool tour which had the same issue.
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  • Pure Chess Wii U and Nintendo 3DS release date announced

  • zoolophage 23/03/2014

    Be warned that the online functionality is fairly poor (at present). It can take several minutes to find an opponent and there's no way to stop the search once it starts. You'll mostly be seeing 'Please wait...'. It's also asynchronous multiplayer so games may take several days to complete if both people are not actively making moves. You can only have 6 active games at any one time (at least on the Wii U).

    The single player game is not bad but lack many of the features that most other chess games have. At present, given the poor state of the online features I'd say it's one to avoid.

    5/10
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  • Animal Crossing: New Leaf review

  • zoolophage 05/06/2013

    This will no doubt end up being my game of the year. Along with my wife, we must have spent hundreds of hours building and collecting stuff. For me, all the joy, creativity and wonder that Nintendo aspire to pack into their games is contained within AC. I don't think I've played a more beautiful and life affirming game in my 25+ years of gaming.

    In my house we'll be having a mini ceremony, taking a moment to reflect on the many happy hours previously spent, as we fire up New Leaf for the first time. Very curious to see how the title soundtrack will sound.
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  • Phil Harrison tries (again) to clarify game ownership, second-hand sales and always-online in Xbox One

  • zoolophage 22/05/2013

    The worst case scenario I can think of is that you'll be able to trade boxed games in digitally to MS, which will in turn grant you credit against other (full priced) games on their store. Either that or they'll generate some kind of discount voucher which can be redeemed against in store purchases. They could conceivably control the whole process, thus making high street stores ability to sell second hand meaningless, as all they'd be doing is selling physical media which still needs activated at the whim of MS. Not that I care as I won't be buying one anyway. Reply 0
  • zoolophage 22/05/2013

    I imagine they will have some kind of functionality that allows the owner of the game to mark the game as loaned out to another user on their friend list. Which offers no advantage over simply allowing users to swap discs freely, as only one person can use it at the same time. Equally, I would imagine that you'll be able to grant usage permissions to different users on the same system, somewhat akin to parental controls. Seems like they are doing everything they can to monetise every aspect of game 'ownership'. Reply +1
  • GameCube celebrates 10th birthday in the UK

  • zoolophage 04/05/2012

    The GameCube was the first Nintendo console I owned. Bought it for 99 with Zelda Windwalker, Super Smash Bros, and Super Bust A Move. I still have it and still play it, indeed I have a fair backlog of games to get through. Looking forward to completing Pikmin 2 one of these days. Reply 0
  • App of the Day: Containment: The Zombie Puzzler

  • zoolophage 21/04/2012

    Downloaded this and is crashing frequently on iPad 2 Reply 0
  • Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games

  • zoolophage 21/10/2009

    I'm seriously on the fence about this one. I mean, I already got Wii Sports resorts a while ago and have hardly had the time to have more than a few goes on it (story of my gaming life!). I love the winter olympics and can see a lot of multiplayer fun is to be had. Decisions, decisions... Reply 0
  • Professor Layton and Pandora's Box

  • zoolophage 21/10/2009

    Still working my way through the first Layton game and by the sounds of it this one is very similar. One problem with the first game was that some of the puzzles were 'one trick ponies' - you know, the ones that were very easy or depended on you reading the words in a specific way to get the true meaning. I'd be glad to receive this as an xmas present but don't think I'll be picking it up directly. Reply 0
  • Kirby Super Star Ultra

  • zoolophage 21/10/2009

    6/10 is a little mean. I got this ages ago on import and would say it's a solid 7/10. Sure it's a little easy and maybe a little childlike but it's cute and fun and good to kick back with. Reply 0
  • Forza Motorsport 3

  • zoolophage 21/10/2009

    Looks great but I've only loaded F2 a handful of times since I got it when it first came out. You know how it goes...buy a new game then another great one comes along soon after...and before you know it you've got a bunch of great games and not enough time to play any/all of them! Reply 0
  • Games Workshop's got "forgotten IP"

  • zoolophage 30/04/2009

    I'm kind of looking forward to Blood Bowl, although I don't expect it'll be that great for some reason. Probably it'll be a speedball/american football mishmash that'll fail to make the grade. Hope I'm wrong, though. Reply 0